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A Primer in Catholic Missals - Part I

by Ian on April 18, 2006

When you have customers come into your store who hold up two different missals, can you give them an intelligent explanation of what distinguishes each? If not, this guide is for you. If you are in the market for a Missal, take this information with you when you go shopping.

The first question that needs to be asked is whether the customer is looking for a Tridentine or post-Vatican II missal.

Tridentine Missals

Tridentine missals are used for the Mass as celebrated before Vatican II and still licitly celebrated throughout the world. There are several options for Tridentine missals. All of the Tridentine Missals contain Latin and English on opposite pages for just about everything except the readings. The St. Joseph missal is the exception in that it is entirely English except for the ordinary of the Mass.

The St. Andrew Daily MissalSt. Andrew Daily Missal

The St. Andrew Daily is one of the most popular Tridentine missals. This missal was the only one in print for a very long time so your customers are likely familiar with it. Unfortunately, this missal was last updated in 1945 so several Mass changes, especially the major changes for Holy Week are not in this version. This missal is available in a red-edged version and a gold-edged version.

The St. Joseph Daily Missal

The St. Joseph Daily Missal is almost entirely English and was last updated in 1953. It does contain English/Latin for the ordinary of the Mass but all other prayers are just English. It sufferes from the same deficiency as the St. Andrew Missal in that it lacks the changes to Holy Week from 1955. The one thing that sets this missal apart is the reproduction of famous works of art (in black and white) in addition to the standard woodcuts and line drawings found in other missals.

The shortcomings of these missals can be addressed with the Sacred Triduum Missal which contains all of the Mass text for Holy Week.

1962 Daily Missal1962 Daily Missals

Due to the increased interest in the Tridentine Mass, two publishers have released daily missals updated with the last Mass changes before Vatican II.

These missals have very similar content but the 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal has an imitation leather cover while the Daily missals from Boronius Press have genuine leather covers and come in white and black.

For customers who just want an inexpensive way to follow the Mass, there is a booklet available. This booklet is also available in wedding and funeral editions.

Stay tuned for part two on Post Vatican II Missals.

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Ethan April 18, 2006 at 6:33 pm

Despite it’s problems, the St. Andrew is still my favorite Tridentine Missal. The only problem that I noticed is that the readings for the Easter Vigil were a little hard to follow. The problem is that there used to be a lot more readings! I found myself trying to find the specific reading that they were doing as they were doing it. The easy solution, I guess, is to know enough about the Liturgy before hand so you know which readings to go to.

The Latin-English format is perfect for those who love the Tridentine Mass.

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Aldrich July 28, 2007 at 3:18 pm

This is exactly what I’ve been trying to find on multiple search engines for hours! It’s taken me 2 hours to find a comprehensive guide on the different publications available for the Latin Mass. What a relief! Thanks.

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Theresa Ferringo May 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Hello,
I’m seardhing for a St. Andrew Daily missal (latin and English) of course for the traditional Mass.
The publisher was the EM Lohmann co. out of St. Paul, Minn.
I purchased it about 9 years ago and have found some reprints but not the same as the one I had.
Can anyone help me in my search.
I would greatly appreciate ANY help with this matter.
Sincerely,
Theresa

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Eric Sorensen July 3, 2009 at 7:30 am

St. Andrew Daily Missal, 1945 ed., can be obtained at amazon.com or mail order from Leaflet Missal company. I have had mine for about five years now and really enjoy it. Yes, it has not been updated to the 1962 version of the Roman Missal but if you’re using it for reference purposes this is a small matter IMHO. This is a hand missal and I had to pay $56 for mine. They start at about $20 if you’ll settle for a used one at amazon.com.

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James May 24, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I have a copy of this book…

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rich May 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

what are the differences between the St Andrew Missal and the pocket version of the same?

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Mark March 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

The St. Andrew Daily Missal is currently published by St. Bonaventure Publications (www.libers.com).

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